At last night's meeting of the St Landry Parish Council, pay raises and pay cuts were a major topic of discussion. The pay raises were cost of living increases proposed for parish employees. The pay cuts were proposed for the parish president and members of the parish council.

Earlier in the year, a proposal had been submitted before the council that would fund cost of living pay raises for parish employees. The money that was to be used to pay for those increases was to come from a pay cut to St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot's salary as well as the compensation of other members of the council.

The two proposed ordinances would have dropped the President's annual salary from $105,000 to $85,000 and reduced compensation for council members by 20% from their current pay of $12,672.00 per year. In the end, neither ordinance passed.

In other St. Landry Parish Council news the body voted that meetings for next year would be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. That would make the next meeting of the council on January 15th.

By the way, this was the final meeting of the St. Landry Council in its current form. The newly elected council will take their oath of office in January.